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Drake, Bob: Medallion Animal Carpet (Recommended Records)


 

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UPC: 752725010627

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: CTA7
Squidco Product Code: 661

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in North America by Bob Drake.


Personnel:

Bob Drake-guitar, vocals, bass, drums, violin

Chris Cutler-drums

Jason DuMars-saxophone

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"Bob Drake is a virtuoso bass player, guitarist, producer, studio engineer and composer. In the past he's played with US prog rock outfit 'Thinking Plague', and post-punk popsters 'Hail', and as a producer he's handled everyone from Ice T to Engelbert Humperdink.. He still plays and records with the super complex '5UU's', who have released two CD's on ReR.
Installed in his rural studio in the Pyrenees Drake is able to produce solo CDs entirely to his own design. His last release, 'Little Black Train', was described by TOP magazine as "what might have happened if the Magic Band was asked to provide the soundtrack for the film Deliverence". The Wire said; "Furiously compressed instrumentals, violent changes in tempo and texture, roots, avant garde and minimalism all come under Bob Drake's all encompassing brief".
Bob's new CD takes it even further, forcing the unlikely marriage of post-hillbilly songs, fingerpicking guitar and Faust-inspired electronic noise. You know you are in for an unusual experience from the opening seconds. The music approaches gradually, like a distant train, and then arrives in a sudden burst of wild uncontrollable energy. There are unbelievable transformations in style and direction, like a hyper manic version of Bonnie Prince Billy, alternating with Beefhart and Zappa tuning in to The Beatles. Episodes of trance dance music are inter cut with a church service straight out of a spaghetti Western, and elsewhere ancient rock 'n' roll is spiked with raucous post modern noise. Everything is speeding up or slowing down, or stopping dead unexpectedly only to launch off at breakneck speed in another twisted direction.
For the last quarter of the record the complexities are put to one side, and we are invited to a bluesy, violin soaked cajun' all night party, with Bob's choirboy vocals hollering at us through the chaos. Weird production effects abound- at one time the drums appear on the far left of the stereo picture and the guitar far right - so even when the genre stabilises, you are never quite sure of your bearings.
This is bold, adventurous but still rootsy music. Take a deep breath."-ReR OneSheet


Artist Biographies:

Bob Drake (b 1957) has been playing lots of instruments with - and recording - all sorts of bands since the early 1970's. He was an important part of Denver's underground music scene from 1978 -1989 and a founding member of both Thinking Plague and Hail. In the early 1990's, when he was living in Los Angeles, he wound up engineering sessions with just about everybody (from Ice Cube to Shirley MacLaine). It was there he met Dave Kerman and became part of 5UU's. At the same time he started writing and recording his own solo albums. Since 1994 he has lived at his home studio in Southern France, where he has played on and recorded and/or mixed hundreds of albums by artists from around the world. He is also known for his definitive remastering of classic albums by Art Bears, Henry Cow, Cassiber and others.

-Recommended Records 3/23/2017

"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (http://www.ccutler.com/)
3/23/2017

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